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Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

  • Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • MIMO antenna technology
  • Four Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) ports to directly connect wired devices
  • WPA/WPA2 Personal and SPI firewall protection
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  • Kelly S.
  • 6/4/2014 1:19:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsHad to make Changes on Router.

This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: After I did an Upgrade from DD-WRT.COM.

Cons: The first thing is that the NP in the Name Stands for "" NEW PACKAGING "" The same Faulty Router.

Other Thoughts: To All.



I have not written in a While so here is what has taken place. I was able to get a Firmware UPGRADE from DD-WRT.COM for the E1200 Router. I ran the Upgrade and it went in. Guess what happened after that. I got a Router that will now stay at 40 MHZ and works at 300 MBPS all the Time. That is with the N Mode active by it self. When I told it to work as with G AND N Together. It would Screw Up as before. The Upgrade from DD-WRT.COM also has all of the Upgrades that I had requested from Linksys/Cisco but Never Got. Like a Seperate Button for 20 MHZ and 40MHZ. Security Features for the Wireless like adding Back in TKIP. Also Other Features that I had told Linksys/Cisco Support to put in But fell on Deaf Ears. But now with the Change over to the NEW Firmware from DD-WRT.COM the Router is STABLE and Working as Advertised. So if you are having Problems with your E1200 Ver2 Router then do what I did and use the Firmware Upgrade from DD-WRT.com and it should fix it.

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  • David K.
  • 5/15/2014 10:01:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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2 out of 5 eggsregretting it

This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: maybe good for a single house with no streaming

Cons: router struggles with speed, streaming hd content to 2 computers and gaming seems to really tax this one. drops signal and slows down alot.. last night i had to reset it twice

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3 out of 5 eggsLinksys E1200

This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: The Linksys E1200 is a great router for anybody who is looking for a router for a simple network. If you're looking to upgrade to wi-fi from a wired configuration, then this is a great start point. The E1200 has 2 internal antennas and 4 ethernet ports. The range is decent, not fantastic. It is actually right on par with some of their high end routers in terms of range and signal strength. The E1200 is compatible with most modern operating systems, everything from Windows XP to Windows 8 and most of the Mac OS's. I don't know much about Mac so I can't go into much detail there. I've got a 50 Mb internet plan and this router can handle all of that speed no problem. The E1200 is pretty small and it doesn't really get warm. It has a basic WPA2 wireless encryption that you have to set up, using the included disc, to get the full potential out of your router and it also has an integrated firewall. The E1200 is covered by a 2 year warranty. So for the price, you really are getting a decent router. No bells and whistles and nothing fancy. Just your most basic router for the average Joe, and the setup is as simple as it comes.

Cons: The 4 Ethernet ports aren't gigabit. They're limited to 100 Mb/sec bandwidth. Which really is enough for most people. There is no USB port, so no file sharing via USB. The wireless network is 2.4 Ghz band only, which isn't really a problem. However, when you start connecting multiple devices to the wireless network on this router it does start to bog down. If you like to stream a lot of HD video on multiple devices you might run into trouble. I was able to stream 1080P video on two devices and get decent bandwidth on the third device but if you're looking for a router to stream to more than 3 devices you may want to look at the next step up in this line of routers. The software leaves a lot to be desired. In fact I wasn't even able to install the software. I tried it on two separate computers and neither one would install correctly. I was able to setup my user name and password and that was the end of it. And even that took forever. The software is slow, really slow, when it's connecting with the router. And trying to trouble shoot with this router is a pain. There are no status lights to be found anywhere. There is no guest network and no parental software. Again, not really a problem, but I thought it was worth mentioning. So this router has a very limited feature set. If you want advanced features you're gonna have to spend more money.

Other Thoughts: Unfortunately there are a lot of cons, but, you also have to take into consideration on some points that I am used to a much better Linksys Smart Router that is sensational and also way more expensive. I actually really like this router. It is possible to use it as a range extender for your current router, you'll just need a really long Ethernet cable. For what you pay, you're getting a great piece of equipment from a brand that is known for reliability. I recommend this router to anyone who wants a basic wi-fi network or anybody who is a newcomer to wireless technology. If your plan is to run half a dozen wireless devices and file share across your network, then you may want to go with something a bit more advanced like Linksys Smart Router line.
I also have an E900 Router which is the router under this one in this line. This router is only a few more dollars, at the time of this review, and it's money well spent. For anyone who wants to run more than two wireless devices on their network.

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4 out of 5 eggsDecent, in the right environment

This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: I was actually surprised at how easy installation was using the supplied CD. Typically router installation CDs are clunky and not very intuitive. The instructions were well written and I don't see the average user having much trouble at all installing this device. I think it took me longer to unbox the router than it did to get it up and running.

It has a very small footprint and is very suited for someone without a lot of desk space. It shares its form factor with the rest of the Linksys E-Series devices and features internal antenna, which are both a pro and a con. Internal antenna make the device look sleeker, but don't offer the range of an external antenna.

The device features Parental Controls and allows for website blocking, up to a maximum of 8 URLs. I would have preferred the ability to block via key word, but this device is URL based only. You can also block specific devices at certain times of the day. The Parental Controls are one thing about the Linksys devices that have stood out recently. I feel they are doing a very good job compared to other vendors.

The router supports all the normal features such as port forwarding, port triggering, guest wifi and VPN passthrough. I really liked their support of Dynamic DNS.

Cons: The range is pretty bad and the speed at any appreciable distance seems to drop off exponentially. If you have a larger house or multiple floors, I would keep looking. As soon as I stepped outside, my device could no longer locate the network. My house is brick and I was probably only about 30' from the router. Going upstairs isn't too bad, but my little TrendNet blows this out of the water for around the same price point.

Other Thoughts: Not a bad router depending on your situation. If you have a larger house or need some range, keep shopping. However if you only have a few devices and live in a small apartment, this might be the perfect router for you.

Installation was an absolute breeze, so if you aren't very technically inclined, this is a great choice. I can't imagine it being any easier.

All in all, it's not a bad device.

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2 out of 5 eggsNot good at all

This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: Unlike most routers, this one came with software on CD that is actually really helpful to inexperienced users. I found it to be very hand-holdy and guided and quite intelligent. I didn’t see any free trial or borderline malware that it tried to load either. I did find the software to be a bit glitchy though during the setup process.

The signal strength was just a tiny bit worse than my higher end router, which was surprising.

The entire chassis didn’t weigh much and the domed top prevents unwise users from stacking other gear on top of it, which you shouldn’t do for thermal reasons, although this router stayed very cool while operating. The bottom is well ventilated as well.

The SSID was randomized, which solves the problem with everyone leaving their networks named “Linksys.” That’s a brilliant idea but, speaking of Linksys, the SSID is actually “cisco” followed by random numbers. For those of us who don’t know cisco owns the Linksys brand name, that will be very confusing. The installation CD helps resolve that though.

I found the router’s configuration control panel to be pretty logically laid out and easy to use. I didn’t have any trouble locating any particular setting I was looking for.

Cons: The number one problem with this router by far is the lack of gigabit on the wired ports. That is so completely insane, I can’t believe it’s true but it is. So you’re stuck at 100 megabits tops, also known as 12.5 MB/s top file transfer speed. Even large print jobs will take forever at that speed. For people solely using the internet connection and not sending heavy network data, this will be less of an issue.

The second design flaw that I found to be beyond all logic and reason is the lack of any LED status lights. It’s basically impossible to diagnose a problem with this router or your connection just by looking at the router.

By default, this router comes with no security turned on. That’s very uncommon these days. Someone who doesn’t bother to properly configure it will run into a lot of issues because of that.

Over longer distances, this router’s signal strength was not good at all.

Other Thoughts: There are no screw head style mounting points of any kind on the bottom of this router, making nice and tidy basement wall mounts on wood impossible. This is more of a home, top of the desk style router anyway though.

I didn’t see the inconsistent speed issues that others have reported with this router but I did attach it to a corporate grade cable modem on a connection with prioritized bandwidth and only attached one single computer to it. I don’t think bandwidth issues are a problem with this router, I think the problem lies with other people’s testing methods or inferior ISPs.

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4 out of 5 eggsDecent, but there are better

This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: This router is very similar to the E900, although in practice it seemed to perform slower via the wifi radio for some reason. Still, it was stable and although the firmware is somewhat frustrating given that every update basically needs a reboot, once it's setup you don't have to mess with it again.

It is able to utilize DD-WRT and other 3rd party firmware. Performed as it should and didn't have any issues.

It's a good size, though I've seen smaller. It's pretty basic design as well, but again for the money it's ok.

Cons: I was a little disappointed with the wifi performance. I have three other access points to test against. Linksys EA6700, ASUS RT-AC66R, Xirrus 520 (enterprise class). All of the other access points performed as they should, but the E1200-NP was slower than them all by about 10-15%. Again, not a deal breaker but if you want maximum speeds on 2.4 GHz, there are better options.

I also hate the fact that this has only 10/100 ethernet. Gigabit, in my opinion, should be standard at this point for wired connections regardless of wireless radio. Still, this is easily reminded with a cheap gigabit switch.

Other Thoughts: While I never had drops, performance definitely was impeded at times, especially when more than a few clients (et al 5-7) were connected and doing things. Again, it's not the end of the world, but is sub par to even slightly more expensive competition.

Also, the E1200-NP is just an E1200 with New Packaging (hence the NP) since Cisco dropped Linksys off on their own after acquiring them a few years ago. Nothing really new to see, but this hopefully gives you a good idea for what you are getting.

Bottom line, is this a router that you want? That depends. Are you a normal user who just gets on Facebook, YouTube, and their email? Or do you watch lots of Netflix on multiple wireless devices at the same time? If you do, you may want to check something else. If not, then this router is probably just fine for your needs.

Case and point Best Buy has this router listed as a 4.4 out of 5 star rating. The router is good for those who need a cheap stable router. I would still look else where though if you stream lots of video to portable devices or to wireless connected devices. Try to get something with a simultaneous dual band 2.4/5 ghz radio instead.

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2 out of 5 eggsProblem with distance

This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: Internet Connection: Verizon FIOS, 75MB Download, 35 MB Upload

Compared to Linksys E900-NP, E1200-NP and EA6700

Menus for options are simplistic and good. It has a tab format and you choose which section you want to go into. The menus are not as advanced and clean as the EA6700 but the two wireless routers are in difference classes with over a $120 price difference between the two. Also comparing it to an E900-NP where the price difference is only $10.
Phone Wireless Download speed comparison
Tested on a Samsung Galaxy S2

EA6700
Download 43.67
Upload 30.84

E900-NP
Download 38.75
Upload 19.61

E1200-NP
Download 30.16
Upload 16.09

As you can see when comparing the three models there is a slight difference in upload and download speeds. I believe this has to do with the fact the EA6700 has a special technology that lets signals bend to its targeted device rather than needed a straight line. One thing to note is that distance played a much bigger role with the E1200-NP compared to the other two models. The further I went away from the E1200-NP the bigger the hit to performance when compared to other models.

PC Wireless Test (all three units tested with the same PC using a wireless connection)

EA6700 (2.4GHz)
Download 84.08
Upload 38.96

E900-NP
Download 74.81
Upload 29.77

E1200-NP
Download 73.19
Upload 35.17

So what we see here is that the E900-NP and E1200-NP are not able to utilize the full speed of the 75/35 Verizon internet connection via the wireless while the EA6700 is exactly the same as the RJ45 connector.

Cons: The E1200-NP had severe problems with distance, when going to the other side of my home both the EA900-NP and EA6700 saw small cuts to their performance. BUT the EA1200-NP went down to speeds of 5Mbps Download and Upload while the other units were still in the 30s and 40s.

Other Thoughts: The E900-NP is about $10 cheaper than the E1200-NP but it has a better supporting distance from the unit. Although the E1200-NP has more menu options the majority of home users will never touch them. My recommendation is if these units fall within your price range then go with the E900-NP instead of the E1200-NP. I gave the E900-NP a 5 star review as I was very impressed with its performance for price range.

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5 out of 5 eggsInexpensive and good for small spaces

This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: 1. Worked well in confined spaces
2. Looks good (wife friendly)
3. LED turns off if desired
4. Works as advertised
5. Inexpensive
6. Firmware can be downloaded outside of the router
Wow a router that lets you turn off the LED. I cannot say how much I appreciate this. This router looks good, thought it would have been nice not to have the white letters written on it.

Cons: 1. Fast Ethernet only – why no gigabyte
2. No wireless AC
3. Range is not very good
4. Had to update firmware – no to bad there was one step
5. Software install disc
6. Not the fastest router available
7. No good way to upgrade the firmware within the router

The range on this router was not terrible, but it would not be good for a large house. Our router sits in the basement of a large 2 story house. There router did not make it throughout the first floor; the second floor was completely dead. It just did not work for us because of the range, but I had some other plans.

Other Thoughts: This router would not work at our main internet connection, so I moved it to the first floor and attached it a power line network. It is attached to our smart tv, Bluray player and cable box. I also used with android, apple and windows devices. Not a hitch. It worked very well in this setting. We can get to the internet on it.
I have had problems with Linksys routers in the past. They would overheat and had to be reset. I delayed my review of this unit, until I was certain that heat was not an issue. I placed the router under our tv console, with little or no air flow on carpet. It was surrounded by cables, and other small things that really boxed it in. I would not normally do this, but I want to make sure that it did not fail. It was rock solid. Not one hiccup what so ever.
I dislike install router software, everything you need should be in the website (in this case 192.168.1.1). Everything that you need in the router is available in the website.

So who should use this router – people on a budget, small apartment and single story family dwellers, and those who are sensitive to the looks of your router. Keep in mind this is a single band router, if you 5 Ghz, you will need to look elsewhere.

Final thoughts, for the price this router is a great buy. There are a lot of better routers out there, but not in this price range. Just keep in mind that it is not good for a large dwelling.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Buy For Average Users

This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: - Designed for Utility - Small Unit, Matte Finish, Thin, Rear LED’s only which can be turned off
- Low Cost – Very affordable, Good Basic Router for internet browsing
- Easy Setup – Literally plug in to wall, put Ethernet cord in, connect to wifi, put CD into PC – Done.
- Features – All the basic features you might want out of a device this range. (Port Forwarding, Guest network, Parental Controls (Restrict access on devices on up to 8 URLs always, during a time schedule, or specific time), WPS for easy device connect.
- Range vs Price – It actually does cover a decent amount of area on the same floor. That being said, I would refrain from using this for multilevel households if your house is larger. A home on all the same level on the medium size works best with this device.

Cons: Ethernet Ports – 10/100 Mbps ports, why doesn’t everything have 10/100/1000 these days? It shouldn’t cost them too much more.
Firmware Upgrade – They still require you to go to the site and download the file, why can’t I just click a button that checks the server for updates and have it apply them automatically? The demographic that will buy this router is less technical and might struggle with this.
Speed – N300, Not so much a con because you get what you pay for but it’s not a pro. I’m a power user and I play games, I would not recommend this for do anything other than basic internet browsing/downloading. You could get by with basic streaming as well too (Netflix/Hulu).

Other Thoughts: The targeted audience for this product will be browsing the internet on a basic level (email, facebook,
youtube) and will/should not be playing games or download large files. The average everyday user will probably find this product perfect for their needs and I would recommend something like this to someone who is budget conscious and looking for average everyday performance.
I am not happy about Cisco’s home networking division now being owned by Belkin but models like this will still be Cisco’s technology. Whether or not the quality keeps up after Belkin starts designing new products under the Linksys logo, only time will tell. I used to work for an electronic retail giant, whom I won’t mention, but seeing the new packaging roll on the shell from Belkin for Cisco products made me cringe at how basic and cheap they present their products, very economy.

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3 out of 5 eggsBest for small areas and few connections

This review is from: Linksys E1200-NP Wireless-N300 Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: If you need a wireless router and you live in a single floor small footprint dwelling (e.g. apartment) and have just a few devices to connect and have a working knowledge of wireless setup, this will serve you just fine.

It has a lot of configurable features if you know how to use them. That said, this product isn't marketed to those individuals. It is for people who live in a smaller open space with little to no technical knowledge of wireless networks.

The one feature that I did find nice for an entry level wireless router is the guest network. It is nice to have your own private network but allow guests to join your network when they visit without sacrificing your privacy.

As for performance, this is an entry-level router with entry-level performance. As such, you can expect it to perform well with just a few devices connected, unobstructed access (no walls), and when you are within 15 feet of the device. I had reliable speeds up to 50 Mbps under those conditions. Beyond that, signal quickly degrades and speed suffers along with it.

Cons: With all the caveats noted above, most do not have a working knowledge of wireless configuration to maximize their investment in this router. Further, the "easy" push button configuration works but is no easier than just entering a pre-defined password.

I live in a three-story townhome, and as a word of warning, this device doesn't handle multiple levels well as it was simply underpowered to reach beyond the floor it was located on without significant signal degradation. We're talking about going from 50 Mbps down to 1.5 Mbps after 40 ft and one floor (no other walls).

For initial setup, I inserted the CD, in an attempt to setup the device quickly and easily and found instead that it was incredibly clunky and clumsy. After aborting that "recommended" procedures, I just connected wirelessly to the router and used the web-based configuration which was much easier -- except for how it rebooted every time a configuration change was saved. The setup experience over all was terrible.

Finally, the default out of the box configuration enables some QoS (quality of service) prioritization technology, which I actually found to be a detriment. Some have noted it restricts access with their ISP. I simply found the whole implementation to be bad even locally; though it could have been a conflict with the main routers configuration. With this enabled, maximum throughput was limited to a paltry 2-4 Mbps.

In my opinion, for the asking price, all of these issues should be resolved and very user friendly while stripping out all of the advanced features no one buying this will know how or care how to use.

Other Thoughts: I had considered deploying this router to extend a network, but being a basic entry level router, it doesn't have fully featured firmware to allow it. It can be setup as a bridge, but requires an ethernet connection to do so, negating the purpose of extending a wireless network to a hard to reach place. I didn't factor this into my rating as it was ostensibly not the purpose of the device. It would have been a pleasant surprise though.

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